My Review of Femilife (In English)
First, let me get the things out of the way which I didn’t like about Femilife and then we will move on to the very positive stuff.
- Considering it is a relatively new company in this field of surgery, it can be a little worrying for them to ask you to send them over 95% of the fees before you arrive in Lima – plus they will not issue you with an official receipt for the monies that you have paid.
- Any additional fees are added to your bill as a surplus. As an example of this, I found that Nikky’s bank would not accept wire transfers from the company that I was using to transfer money (XE.com) and so they had to go via an intermediary bank in Miami that then charged over $55 per transaction – an extra $165 which was not my fault but down to the bank that Femilife was using.
- Added later. I felt very let down after being told that I really should have had a blepharoplasty done, and it wasn’t. However, just before I left Lima in March, Nikky said to me that when I returned to Peru for my body and hair treatments, she would give me the blepharoplasty. When I was booking for my return trip she said she hadn’t meant that and I would have to pay for the blepharoplasty to be done. I felt very let down by this attitude and started looking at other centres where this could be done and found somewhere in Instanbul which offered a more advanced type of hair transplant (FUE) than the FUT technique which they were doing in Lima. This was also cheaper than what Nikky had offered me and the clinic in Istanbul also did extremely advanced abdominoplasties at far less than Nikky had quoted me for – so I booked to have these procedures done in Turkey instead. After informing Nikky of my decision, I received an email back from her a couple of hours later saying that she would throw in the free blepharoplasty as she had promised me, but I was already in the process of booking my surgeries in Turkey and besides that I didn’t really care for the tone of her words in the email, I refused her offer and went ahead with my booking the surgeries in Turkey.
With the above points in mind, it would be fairer for Femilife to ask for something like 50% before you arrive in Lima and the balance once you have arrived at your apartment. As you can bring in $10,000 in cash, this would then avoid any overcharging by intermediary banks.
On reflection I can see why Femilife asked me to pay for these additional bank charges, and after the treatment and standard of care that I have received, I have not begrudged paying for them. However, maybe they could look at other payment options where these charges would not be incurred.
Now let me turn to the good points, which are many and far outweigh the negative remarks which I outlined above.
- From the moment you are greeted at Lima International Airport by a chauffeur driven car and escorted back to your apartment, Nikky does her utmost to make her clients feel at home and welcomed.
- Included in your costs are 20 days accommodation in an apartment which is comfortable and reasonably spacious (please note that some clinics only provide 7 to 10 days accommodation in the price – whilst some don’t provide any accommodation in the cost at all).
- It includes a Wi-Fi connetion so you are able to keep in contact with friends and family back home. My apartment had two bedrooms, a shower/toilet, a small bijou kitchen with cooker, microwave, kettle, coffee facilities, a toaster and an adequately sized fridge/freezer. Because my surgeries were split into two parts (I needed 3 weeks between each surgery), Nikky allowed me 40 days worth of accommodation within the total price and I just had to pay for the extra 13 days I wanted to remain in Lima to allow for sufficient time for healing. It also includes up to 2 nights stay in the clinic where you have your procedure carried out.
- Nikky calls for you personally to take you to all your clinical tests and appointments with the doctors and surgeons – so you have no worries if you do not speak Spanish. Her English is good, but not perfect as yet, but you will have no problem talking to her in English. She will come in with you during the tests etc., to make sure that both you and whoever is doing the tests can understand one another. The cost of all these taxi journeys are also included in the overall cost which you have paid.
- If you decided that you would like other treatments whilst you are over here, Nikky is happy to arrange for this (for instance I discovered that dental treatments are about one third the cost of what I would pay in the UK, so I will be having some dental work done whilst I am here).
- The cost you are paying includes all the medications which are required post surgery (pain meds, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories etc). If you require any other medications, simply ask Nikky she will arrange to get them for you – the cost will probably be far less than you can get them for online.
- The clinics you will be attending in Lima are absolutely spotlessly clean, please do not worry that your clinical care will be compromised by electing to have your surgery in Peru. To be honest they were far cleaner than my local hospital back in the UK.
- So far the surgery would appear to have gone well – I have had very few complications (just a mild headache if I am honest – and this is only part of the time). I have had my first post-operative consultation with Dr. Pimentel since I was discharged and he is very happy with how it has gone so far – so I will return in another two days to have the majority of the stitches removed. He seems to prefer to do this in two stages, rather than all out at once and to be honest, I think I prefer this caution, after all, you have the full recovery period to get better.
- The clinic where I had my CO2 laser skin peel suggested to Nikky that my skin would benefit from a rejuvenation treatment that the clinic also do (Platelet Rejuvenation Therapy) and Nikky kindly included this in the cost of the treatment also.
- Also to help make your time in Lima more memorable, Nikky also arranges for you to go on one of the open top bus tours of the city. The one which I went on included a stopover at the world famous Larco Museum which traces the history of Peru back down to the Stone Age.
- Nikky will soon be opening an office suite overlooking the Parqué Central de Miraflores which is a short walk away from the apartment I was staying in and this will be where you will see the surgeons for all your consultations – which should be much more convenient.
Would I recommend Femilife to my best friend – Not so sure now after I was promised a free blepharoplasy because this was missed out and later when I was going to book for my hair and abdominoplasty she said that I would have to pay for that now – an extra $1,300. When I said I was looking at other clinics, suddenly this was offered to me again, but by then the damage had been done and I felt that I could not trust her again.
Although Dr. Pimentel’s bone work is first class, I am concerned as my nose, although a better curve to it, is now wider than it was originally and this is something that I will have to have fixed elsewhere. The face lift is also not the best – in fact when the surgeon in Turkey saw me, he recommended a face lift (he didn’t know at that point that I had just had one done in Peru) as the naso-labial folds are still too pronounced – and are not even which gives a lop-sided appearance to my face.
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